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OT: Bagged A Couple 4,000 Footers

CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
My kid and I hiked the Franconia Ridge Loop trail in NH this past Saturday. Great weather, and 50+ mph winds on the ridge. Believe it when AMC rated this trail as difficult. 8.6 miles of muscle fatigue. Loved every minute of it - after the fact. 


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  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,538
    WOW!!
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 26,686
    the ridge must have been brutal this time of year with a 50 mph wind.  mt washington looks to be snowpacked right now, was looking at it from the lake this weekend
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    the ridge must have been brutal this time of year with a 50 mph wind.  mt washington looks to be snowpacked right now, was looking at it from the lake this weekend


    Yup, we spent as little time on the ridge as possible. The ridge was very beautiful in a severe kind of way.

    Mt Washington is definitely snow-covered, we could see it for a few seconds at a shot when the clouds would briefly clear.

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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,525
    My muscles hurt just lookin at the pictures. Congrats on the accomplishment.
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    My muscles hurt just lookin at the pictures. Congrats on the accomplishment.
    Mine still hurt 3 days later - going downstairs is brutal currently. Glad I did it, but my body hates me. 
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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,045
    WAY TO GO.

    Once getting elevation in your blood, it never stops.

    Love the images. That is my favorite thing to do, is bagging summits. I know exactly the burn you feel, but the high you get from it is a rush like none other. The view is always worth the climb.

    See you at the top.
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    YukonRon said:
    WAY TO GO.

    Once getting elevation in your blood, it never stops.

    Love the images. That is my favorite thing to do, is bagging summits. I know exactly the burn you feel, but the high you get from it is a rush like none other. The view is always worth the climb.

    See you at the top.
    Thanks Ron. Did Mt Washington a number of years ago via Tuckerman Ravine trail - once you get past the headwall it is just a scramble from one boulder to another. 
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,411
    Now now you just need to ski Tuckerman’s. It’s a much faster route down.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 34,489
    YukonRon said:
    WAY TO GO.

    Once getting elevation in your blood, it never stops.

    Love the images. That is my favorite thing to do, is bagging summits. I know exactly the burn you feel, but the high you get from it is a rush like none other. The view is always worth the climb.

    See you at the top.
    (warning: sappy rocky mountain high video response follows)



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  • KayakKayak Posts: 346
    Are you going to become a 46'er in the Adirondacks next?

    Bob

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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,045
    Mike,

    We have done summits around the world, none are the same and all have been exciting. 

    I did the Ammonoosic trail years ago on the The Big Rock Pile, will do it again after retirement. This had to be one of the most gratifying of all.

    Very cool Mike...I could not be more impressed.

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    Louisville, Kentucky
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    edited October 2019
    Kayak said:
    Are you going to become a 46'er in the Adirondacks next?
    Maybe after I finish all of the 4,000 footers in NH. 
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    Now now you just need to ski Tuckerman’s. It’s a much faster route down. 
    Way too steep for me, and too many people have died doing it. 
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 11,186
    Nice to see you Navy guys can strap on the boots and walk when you need to.   You have some amazing pictures and even better memories!

    Great trip!
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  • TN_EggerTN_Egger Posts: 1,112
    Cool post.

    Type II Fun:  Not so much while you're doing it, but fun after the fact.
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    TN_Egger said:
    Cool post.

    Type II Fun:  Not so much while you're doing it, but fun after the fact.
    Had that exact conversation with my kid during the hike, he'd never heard the phrase before. 
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  • Sea2SkiSea2Ski Posts: 3,954
    Awesome achievement there Mike. It is great to see someone go after something, and accomplish their goal.  Way to go! 
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  • Wow @CTMike nice day for it.
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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,045
    Keep after it Mike.....love these shots.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

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    Louisville, Kentucky
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    So my 11 y/o grandson bagged his first 4,000 footer yesterday as we hiked MT Tecumseh in the White Mountains. 2,650’ of elevation in 2.5 miles made for a fairly steep hike, felt like I was on a Stairmaster. 

    Back at the car I asked him what he thought. “I liked it, except when the trail went straight up.”

    Unfortunately we had low clouds so there wasn’t much for views at the top.


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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 22,567
    Anything to keep youth active, especially now.  Congrats.  
    I would be grocery bag challenged these days  =)
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 11,186
    Very cool thread.  I'm hitting 30 miles of the AT next week in NC.  It's only 80% chance of rain all three days. I'm hoping for a light drizzle like the last Butt Blast.
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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,045
    Way to go. We have been Hiking trails in the RRG, doing some off trail hiking and rock scramble/climbs.
    The only thing I will tell you is pack as light as you can, and remember, nothing is the only thing that weighs nothing.
    Stay safe.
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    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    edited August 20
    thetrim said:
    Very cool thread.  I'm hitting 30 miles of the AT next week in NC.  It's only 80% chance of rain all three days. I'm hoping for a light drizzle like the last Butt Blast.
    Enjoy Steve. My kid and I are headed back up to NH Labor Day weekend to bag a few more peaks.
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,439
    edited August 20
    YukonRon said:
    Way to go. We have been Hiking trails in the RRG, doing some off trail hiking and rock scramble/climbs.
    The only thing I will tell you is pack as light as you can, and remember, nothing is the only thing that weighs nothing.
    Stay safe.
    I agree about weight. I have been spending too much time reading on r/ultralight, and that is causing me to spend too much money. But, my new pack, tent, down quilt, and pad total to < 6 lbs. That is significant considering the pack I took to Patagonia was 5.5 lbs alone. 
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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,045
    CTMike said:
    YukonRon said:
    Way to go. We have been Hiking trails in the RRG, doing some off trail hiking and rock scramble/climbs.
    The only thing I will tell you is pack as light as you can, and remember, nothing is the only thing that weighs nothing.
    Stay safe.
    I agree about weight. I have been spending too much time reading on r/ultralight, and that is causing me to spend too much money. But, my new pack, tent, down quilt, and pad total to < 6 lbs. That is significant considering the pack I took to Patagonia was 5.5 lbs alone. 
    Worth ghe money if you are going up. I have spent a SL in ultralite gear. Totally understand. 
    I think our best investment has been the cork handled Leki hiking sticks. Cost a bunch, but has paid dividends 100× over. Just wish I bought them sooner.
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 18,544
    Not sure how I'm only just seeing this thread now but I love it.  

    So many great peaks to get to in and around New England.  
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 11,186
    I’m starting to miss all my ultra heavy ultra bulky Army gear built by the lowest bidder.  

    How TF did I ever tote the weight on my back I did back then???  Even taking into account what I’m carrying around the waist, it’s nowhere near the same.   

    Getting old sucks. 
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 26,686
    theres trout ponds on some of the nh mountains, i used to bring a heavy old town canoe
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